Wednesday, May 25, 2011

An Apron For Dad

I actually made this for my dad as a retirement gift - to aide him in his quest to make the world's best chocolate chip cookies - but I think it would also make a great Father's Day gift.

Here's what you'll need:

1 adult size apron (mine came from Jo-Ann's)
yellow fabric - I used a canvas type material
Freezer Paper
black fabric paint
xacto knife
double stick fusible web

1. Print your text using a word processing program
2. Trace onto the dull side of freezer paper
3. Cut out your letters with an xacto knife (warning - kind of tedious)
*** be sure to save the little cut-out middle pieces like the center of the "D"***

4. Place your freezer paper on your yellow fabric, shiny side down. Iron - this will adhere the freezer paper to the fabric (temporarily). Be sure to also iron down all of those little middle pieces that you saved.
5. Dab on your black fabric paint - dab, don't brush, to prevent bleeding. I also used a q-tip here to add the colon.
6. When paint is dry, carefully peel off your freezer paper
7. Trim your fabric down to size - mine ended up 9" X 9" but this measurement will depend on your font size and your apron size.

8. Follow the instructions on package for adhering your fusible web. I also ran a straight stitch close to the edge in a matching yellow thread - but that's optional.

9. Use black thread to zig-zag stitch around the edge of your design.

10. Give to the man of your choice and hope they make you a batch of homemade cookies to say thank you. (I made my husband model it for this photo, and no, he did not make those cookies.)


  1. Ha ha, love the apron, If your still stuck for a fathers days gift idea, a nice pair of <a href=">cufflinks</a> always goes down well.

  2. I love it! It's an awesome dad/grandfather gift!

  3. Love it Jenn! Sorry we missed the party yesterday - sounds like it was fun!

  4. What a great idea - I need one of those!! Scott's a crazy man in the kitchen.